Charles Héaulmé, president/CEO, says, “Our growth continued to be strong in the third quarter of 2019. Net sales increased 10 percent to EUR 855 million with the comparable net sales growth at 7 percent. In the emerging markets our growth continued strong at 8 percent. We had some tailwinds from currencies during the quarter as the translation impact on net sales was 3 percent.
"During the quarter, we continued to improve our profitability. Our adjusted EBIT increased 26 percent to EUR 72 million, and the corresponding margin improved to 8.5 percent. Adjusted EBIT increased significantly in the North America segment and strongly in the Flexible Packaging and Foodservice Europe-Asia-Oceania segments. Overall, the improvement in profitability is a result of the actions we took in late 2018 to improve pricing and efficiency.
"We continue to develop and deploy our portfolio of sustainable packaging. Fresh, the fiber-based ready meal tray, has been well received. The pilots that have taken place in Waitrose stores in the UK have showed that there is a strong customer and consumer interest for Fresh and the product performs well through the supply chain. Huhtamaki’s first industrial-scale Fresh manufacturing line will start operations during the fourth quarter of 2019, in Lurgan, Northern Ireland. Our two other recent new launches, the Huhtamaki blueloop concept for recyclable flexible packaging and our paper straws, also progressed well during the quarter.
"At the end of the quarter we announced two acquisitions that support our growth in the developing markets. One of the flexible packaging manufacturers is located in South Africa and the other in India. Following the acquisitions, we expand our flexible packaging manufacturing footprint into South Africa and are able to speed up our growth in India by improving our capability to serve the customers in the southern parts of the country.”
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